Cantemus and the Paul Winter Consort Present Missa Gaia: A Celebration of Mother Earth
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As a culminating celebration of Cantemus’ 40th anniversary season, we welcome Grammy Award winner Paul Winter and the Paul Winter Consort in presenting Winter’s jubilant Missa Gaia/Earth Mass, a multimedia oratorio integrating jazz and world music with the pre-recorded voices of wolf, whale, harp seal, and loon. Supported by local environmental justice organizations, the performance will combine live adult chorus, children’s chorus, and the Consort to joyously perform Winter’s collaboratively composed Mass honoring the whole earth as sacred space.
"Missa Gaia: A Celebration of Mother Earth" will be presented live and by live-stream on Sunday, May 1, 4:00 pm at Belleville Congregational Church in Newburyport. Tickets may be purchased online at cantemus.org/tickets.
Cantemus Seeks New Artistic Director
We are seeking a new Artistic Director to develop and implement the artistic and strategic vision for the Chorus. Qualifications include an advanced Music degree with significant experience in choral conducting. Candidates should possess a history of success working with adult choruses of serious singers in vocal techniques, production, musicianship, and languages. We seek someone with broad knowledge of diverse choral repertoire; well-developed interpersonal communication skills; a commitment to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion; and a sense of humor. For more information, or to apply, please see our complete list of qualifications, responsibilities, and more. Full description and application instructions.
Cantemus Featured in The Driveway Choir Project's Documentary Film
Musicians Bryce and Kathryn Denney of the Driveway Choir Project have released the trailer for their documentary "The Drive to Sing", which features members of Cantemus singing Eric Whitacre's Seal Lullaby from their cars at the Topsfield Fairgrounds. Narration is by Russell J. Gannon.
Cantemus Presents “Bach Again: New Body, Old Soul” Over Local TV Stations
Cantemus Chamber Chorus was pleased to present “Bach Again: New Body, Old Soul,” over local access TV stations on Sunday, April 25, 2021. In this one-hour program, Jane Ring Frank, artistic director of Cantemus, in conversation with Newburyport Community Media Hub's Mary Jacobsen, served as a tour guide through the world of J. S. Bach’s chorales and their influence on three centuries of historical and contemporary composers. With the help of recording, video and interview, Frank explored the world of Bach's heirs, from Mendelssohn to Paul Simon. View the video | Read the press release
Watch “Bach Again: New Body, Old Soul”
Artistic Director Jane Ring Frank guides us through the world of J. S. Bach’s chorales and their influence on music across the centuries. And you’ll see Cantemus rehearse for the first time in over a year, March 23, 2021, at Topsfield Fairgrounds, thanks to technology provided by the Driveway Choir project!
This program was made possible by grants from the Local Cultural Councils in Beverly, Boxford, Essex, Georgetown, Groveland, Hamilton/Wenham, Ipswich, Lynn, Manchester, Merrimac, Middleton, Newbury, Newburyport, Peabody, Rockport, Salisbury, Topsfield, and West Newbury.
Meet Our Choral Intern, Julia Norcross
Cantemus continues its efforts to build interest in, and exposure to, the beauty of choral music among young talent.
Our current intern, Julia Norcross of Beverly, is a 17-year-old junior in a secondary home-schooling cooperative in Boxford, who began interning with Cantemus in January 2020. Read more...